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Research on the impact of livestock production on natural resources in eastern Laikipia

Michael Herger, Master degree student in Geography, University of Bern, Switzerland

It is early morning on 8 December 2016 and my driver, Dennis, and I are leaving Nanyuki and heading to the field. It’s a perfectly clear morning. We are lucky to catch a glimpse of majestic Mount Kenya, a rather rare happening during the short rains.  

Pastoralist Landscapes: Archaeology and Ecology in the Lolldaiga Hills

By Oliver Boles, Institute of Archaeology, University College London

A previous blog on (The Archaeo-Ecology of East African Pastoralism, 16 April 2015) described my work on the archaeological site of Maili Sita on northern Lolldaiga Hills Ranch. The site, radiocarbon-dated to between 1500 and 1700 AD, sits atop a low col crossing Six-Mile Ridge and is marked by an expanse of open grassland surrounded by acacia thicket.

Two additions to the Laikipia Mammal List; desert warthog (Phacochoerus aethiopicus) and Kirk’s dik-dik (Madoqua kirkii)

By Yvonne de Jong & Tom Butynski, Lolldaiga Hills Research Programme

Laikipia County, ca. 9,700 km², probably holds the highest diversity of larger mammal species of any region of its size in the world. Most of Laikipia County is covered by the Laikipia Plateau (ca. 1,600–2,400 m asl), an area composed of a mix of flat ground, undulating plains, rolling hills, steep hills, and scattered granitic inselbergs (or ’kopjes’).